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Educational revolution: from Georgians to servants2010-08-18 18:36
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired a volley to announce new revolution, this time, in the field of education. It was done at the meeting with another lot of English teachers who are going to teach English to Georgian children since the age of five. Russian was put at the bottom of the list of languages Georgian people might need. However, Saakashvili's son, as well as his Dutch parents-in-law, is studying it with diligence.
Even Ivan Sergeevitch Turgenev, the author of the famous words about the Russian language "In the time of doubts, in the time of painful reflection" had a soft spot for American democracy. As he confessed in one of the letters while studying in Moscow University, he acquired a nickname "American" for his "enthusiasm in respect of the North-American republic". However, the Russian writer would have never ever dreamt of giving the greatness of the Russian culture for the western democratic values.
As for Mikhail Saakashvili, he sacrifices the Georgian people's intimacy with the Russian civilization for the sake of Georgia's integration into Euro-Atlantic space. As he said, all the children since the age of five are to become English-speaking in four years. English must go second after Georgian for future generations, followed by Chinese, Arabic, Turkish and, finally, Russian.
The task was voiced by Saakashvili at the meeting with the second group of teachers who have arrived in Georgia within the last month. All in all, one thousand people have been invited under program "Teach and study in Georgia". They do not necessarily have to be properly educated and experienced, or to hold a teacher's certificate; their task is to teach how to communicate instead of reading classics and spelling words correctly. The more so, as Ministry of Education "leaked" information that the foreign teachers belong to various sects. It is also interesting that the program is only half-sponsored by Georgian government, and Ministry of Education would not reveal the second sponsor.
The very approach to teaching English clearly points at the level of studying the subject. As GeorgiaTimes earlier reported, the authorities do not want the Georgian people to become familiar with the western civilization; they are going to make them familiar with mass culture and turn the Georgians into a nation of servants for the English-speaking tourists.